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Kept in the Dark

By: H.L. Day
Narrated by: David Walker
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Struggling actor Dean only escorts occasionally to pay the bills. So, his first instinct on being offered a job with a strange set of conditions is to turn it down. No date. Don’t switch the lights on. Don’t touch him. I mean, what’s that all about? What’s the man trying to hide? Dean certainly doesn’t expect sex with a faceless stranger to spark so much passion inside him. It’s just business though, right? He can put a stop to it whenever he wants. 

Then, Dean meets Justin - a scarred, ex-army soldier unlucky in love. Dean’s given a chance at a proper relationship. He can see past the scars to the man underneath. He’s everything Dean could possibly wish for in a boyfriend: kind, caring, and sweet. All Dean needs to do is be honest. Easy, right? But Justin’s holding back and Dean can’t work out why. But whatever it is, it’s enough to give him second thoughts.

They both have secrets which could shatter their fledgling relationship. After all, secrets have a nasty habit of coming out eventually. The question is when they do, will they be able to piece their relationship back together? Or will they be left with nothing but memories of bad decisions and the promise of the love they could have had if only they’d both been honest and fought harder.

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Gorgeous!

I had read this one a while back in ebook format and loved it! Hl Day is a fantastic author and this story is so good! It had everything I look for in a romance...intrigue, strong main characters and a fast moving plot! This is a new narrator for me and wow, he did a crazy good job at bringing these characters to life! I look forward to listening to his work again! Lovely job!

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  • Dennis
  • Salt Lake City UT
  • 10-05-19

Gay Beauty and the Beast <br /><br />

This was a audible and in many ways so true how we judge people from only the outside and never seeing the beauty. The story between Justin and Dean is story of growing together to learn from each other facing the world with their flaws and scars. Justin a military veteran with health and scars from a fire he was in while in Iran and Dean not sure how to describe him but I can say he loving and carrying but at the same time he has flaws about himself together they meet Dean as a male escort and Justin a customer. Justin with all the scars and health issues could not meet anyone who would overlook them and except him for who he was so he used the escort service and met Dean.
To tell anymore would mess up a beautiful love story I highly recommend this auibal book. The only flaw in the story was the narrator's voice used for Justin to me it did not do him fairly but the other voices was right on point.

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Awesome Story

An awesome story that is fast-paced and wonderfully written. Dean and Justin are great together. I love how they meet, both times! I really enjoyed watching them grow closer and I love how Dean can see past the outside to who Justin really is. There is quite a twist to this story and it was great watching everything come together. The narrator was really good with all of the voices. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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Love found in the dark amid whispers

Oh my juicy lord, this audiobook was so hot! Dean is a struggling actor, he hasn't made big yet and he has no money, so he uses his good looks and begins escorting on the side to pay the bills. He doesn't particularly like it but he knows it is necessary to pay the bills, so he is ready to say yes when he's offered double his rate. The catch is that he has to go to a house, enter a bedroom completely in the dark, take off his clothes, lie down, and the biggest rule is never touch his client. The secrecy of the process makes for an unsettling situation, especially when all he knows is his client's whispered instructions and his addictive magical touch. Dean becomes obsessed with his mysterious client, even after his circumstances improve, and things get even more complicated when he meets Justin, a genuinely nice guy that makes his heart pitter patter, a military hero who was tragically disfigured while on duty. While we only get Dean's point of view during the story, it serves to put the reader right into the intensity of his emotions, and the fact that a lot of the action happens in the dark, makes for a very heightened sensation while listening to the audiobook. There were times where I got goosebumps, listening to the mysterious client whisper instructions to Dean, it was very sexy! I really enjoyed the performer's voice, he made every character sound distinctive, and it made for a really hot listening experience. I would definitely recommend it!

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A Great Book

A great book with good writing. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters wonderful. The characters were developed and thought out. Dean and Justin are the MC’s of this book. This book was different than I expected, and I enjoyed it. Don’t quickly judge this book give it a little time and you might be surprised with its content. This book explores that we all have flaws some are on the inside and others on the outside. Although the narrator’s voice wasn’t to my liking his accent works for the book. He did a good job with the narration. He could’ve made a few places with stronger high/low inflections. But overall it was done well and I can recommend this book as a good read/listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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Very Gratifying.

This is my first time listening to a book by this author. I must say I'm impressed. Even though about 3 chapters into the story, you figure out where the story's going, it's still a very nice and enjoyable story. I loved all the characters. Very relatable. David Walker did an wonderful job with his narration. He brought each character to life. The only little complaint I have is that, I wished there were more of their story, and the book was longer. That's the only reason I gave the story 4☆☆☆☆s instead of 5. That being said, I recommend this book and I now look forward to following and listen to more books by H.L.Day.

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Great listen!

Kept in the Dark was sexy and very emotional. I understood how Dean could be torn between the two men in his life, each offering something beyond what he's ever known before. My heart broke for Justin, and I wanted him to open up to Dean. I wanted them to trust each other and let their feelings grow. I loved both of these men, and I was very happy with their story.
The narrator's performance was fantastic. I will definitely listen to more from him.

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I believe this would be my first book that I've read written by H.L. Day, and I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed listening and reading this book. This was also a first time hearing an audio book narrated by David Walker as well.
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I found the plot and storyline to be really interesting and I liked both of the main characters. I thought they fit each other really well. I can kind of understand what other people meant about the characters needing a bit more depth, but I can't see where or what could be changed. Maybe the reason behind Dean wanting to be an actor? I'm not really sure.
I did like Georgia as a character, even though I felt she was a bit overbearing at times with how she was doing all these things to make Dean happy, invading his personal space, and being very overprotective of him. But I can see she had good intentions. I am also happy that she had her own happily ever after by the end of the book.
The one thing that lowered my rating would have to be when Dean found out about the Tuesday night's and broke up with Justin. I just felt it was a bit overdramatic and immature of him to do that and then completely avoid Justin without hearing what Justin had to say. Even I could understand why Justin had done it as he was just trying to help Dean out financially without making Dean feel embarrassed or ashamed about his lack of money. I can understand Dean was shocked as I would be to if I was in his situation, but he definitely could have handled it better. And then the way he lied to Justin about Jack? That was a bit too much for me to handle as Dean should have known that would seriously hurt Justin with all his failed attempts at dating and Dean being the first person to really see past the scars to who Justin really was. I can't imagine how betrayed Justin must have felt after that. I am really glad it had a happy ending though.
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I thought the narration was absolutely fantastic. I could tell the story was based in London just from the way the narrator represented the characters. I did find it kind of interesting that at times, Dean's voice sounded kind of like Eddie Redmayne who played Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts movie. Especially during the part where Dean was saying along the lines of "I need to go" during the scene of when he broke up with Justin. I was not expecting that, but I really liked it. I will definitely be looking into other books narrated by David Walker.

Overall, I thought this was a great book and would recommend it to other people.

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Good narration of an addicting story

I had recently finished the e-book of Kept in the Dark when the audiobook was released so the story was very much still fresh in my mind. I think this was why the narrator choice caught me so off guard. I expected a voice that captured the youthfulness of Dean, especially when he first meets Jay and is questioning his choice to continue with an odd, but lucrative escort job. I had Dean’s tone and voice pictured in my head, and the narrator simply didn’t match up. That isn’t to say this narrator lacked talent because that simply wasn’t the case. He had a great voice with a rich tone and once I moved beyond my first impression, I was once again lost in the story of Dean as his feelings for two different personalities develop. I did like the narrator’s tone and pacing, delivering the appropriate emotions for each scene with an easy, enjoyable cadence. This author delivers angst so well and I was happy to get another chance to revisit a great story that has loads of chemistry and a good level of angst.

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Wonderful

This is a wonderful story about two men who find love with each other. It starts out with Dean being Justin's escort but it turns into so much more. This is my first book from H.L. Day but certainly not my last. This book is definitely going on my favorites list and I highly recommend it.
Narrator David Walker does an absolutely amazing job and I will definitely be listening to this book again and again. He really has a way of bringing characters to life.

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  • Sunday Barnaby
  • 11-14-19

Kept in the Dark

Kept in the Dark by H.L. Day
Narrated by David Walker

This is the first book I have read/listened to by H.L. Day and I have to say that I really love her writing style. This book had me hooked from the very start. Dean and Justin’s story was complicated and messy just like life usually is. This one put me through an emotional roller coaster but I loved every minute of it.

This is also the first time I have listen to a narration by David Walker. It was really good and I look forward to listening to more from him.

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  • Thais Dematte
  • 11-05-19

Love it!

OMG I loved listening to this! When I first got this, I didn't know it would be a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast and took me awhile to figure it out since I find the Beast a beauty too ^^"

Anyway, the story never let me down, I didn't find any boring moments, it was flowing right to me, always something important happening even though it was a long book.

Of course, I don't think this book is for everyone. Dean is an escort and he take jobs that involves s*x too, he meets a man who has specific instructions: don't turn on the lights, no touching. Meanwhile, Dean meets a scarred face man and they start a relationship. You see, Dean doesn't leave his escort job because of this. So, there is lying by omission and straight out lies for both parts. (there is no cheating, you will understand when reading)

But I think the resolution of these issues was done very nice and believable, I was afraid it would be sugar coated and the problems would magically be solved. Fortunately, that's not what happen, they really did talk about their problems and the HEA was amazing!

The narrator is really good. Took me awhile to get used to his voice and his accent, but once I did it went well. The pace was spot one and I could differentiate all the characters (including Georgia) even though the changes was not so drastic. Also he made a very good jov impersonating the beast whispers!

I was given this audiobook by the author and no review was expected for me, but I gave my honest opinion anyway! :)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-08-19

Very good story enlivened with good narration.

This is a well written, angsty but ultimately heartwarming story.
Dean is an occasional escort. His ultimate goal is to be an actor, so he's waiting tables and taking on 'jobs' to help with car repairs, rent etc. One of his 'jobs' is with a man who has specific demands - no lights, must not touch and other things. Dean finds this a intriguing, if not a bit scary. The arrangement goes on, in the meantime, Dean meets a guy called Justin and they hit it off. Dean hides the fact that he escorts, but other than that they are good together. But Dean is also falling for his hidden lover and will ultimately have to choose just one.
David Walker was a great addition to the story. His narration was easy to listen to, his character portrayals believable, distinctly voiced (loved Tom's Cockney-laced accent).
This is a very well written, interesting story and the narration is a perfect way to experience the story.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 10-02-19

Wow! Not what I was expecting!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars
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Wow! Not what I was expecting!

A surprisingly intriguing read/listen! I loved Dean and Justin! They both have their secrets and troubles but their connection is undeniable!

I found Dean, relatable, caring, sweet, and charismatic. The journey that leads him to 'escorting' to pay the bills is unfortunate but it leads him to a sexy stranger that makes his body sing! I loved the give and take between Dean and Justin and the slow unraveling of the intricacies between these two was done really well written. I loved Justin and how he treated and interacted with Dean. I loved that Dean didn't think twice about Justin's scars and their path to healing, love, and confidence was heartwarming.

Their in the dark connection is super hot and the narration just elevates it even more. The chemistry is off the charts and while the premise seems a little creepy I felt the way it was written and performed only added to the heat, intrigue, and passion.

These two are something special and I love their story! A great read!!

Thanks for reading!

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  • Sabbath
  • 09-29-19

Wow!

Day has given us an amazing story with Kept in the Dark. I found the storyline to be highly gripping and with the wonderful narration provided by David Walker, this book comes alive. I could not stop listening and found myself completely engaged that I finished it in a work day.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 09-28-19

Dean and Justin

Dean is a struggling actor who compensates his wages by working at a restaurant and an Escort agency where he goes by Danny. Justin has served his country and is a hero who saved a boys live and was severely injured in the save with burns over 1 side of his body. Having trouble with dates he hires Danny every Tuesday. During 1 date where the other leaves after seeing Justin Dean has to take over his table and they get on well and decided to go on a date and the rest is history. The narrator was superb with the whispering during sexy times. Really enjoyed it

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  • Tanya W
  • 09-23-19

quick hot listen

this was different then what I have been listening to and was exactly what I needed.

it was a short, hot, couldn't stop listen.

the story was great and new to be narrator was amazing.

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 09-20-19

One of my favourites from this author

This is from Deans POV.... his side job is just to help make extra money to help with the cost of living, when he meets a strange man with strict instructions, he wonders what he done, this draws you into both characters world and very entertaining to listen to. David Walker is new to me but he was the right choice for this book which he owned it made it his. Very enjoyable listening and great story as well. Definitely one I will listen to again.